While reports of forced relocation and inherently unsafe work conditions have long been leveled at World Cup host cities, Saudia Arabia’s wealthy neighbor Quatar appears to be hell-bent on outdoing all of its predecessors. Last year, Human Rights Watch accused the 2022 host city of permitting inherently unsafe conditions in labor camps and construction sites, causing the deaths of hundreds of migrant workers each year.
Football fans who are willing to take a break from watching the games can get a sobering perspective on what’s happening in Qatar at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media’s screening of The Workers Cup. The widely acclaimed documentary focuses on a football tournament for migrant laborers sponsored by 2022 World Cup organizers and two dozen construction companies. The resulting film provides a stark contrast between these optimistic players' onfield aspirations and the disheartening conditions they face back in the camps.
The free screening will take place at 7 p.m. on July 19. Find more information at the event’s Facebook page.